The battle on the "mountain" began today when the professional qualifying got under way for the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals. Bandimere Speedway has an altitude of about 5400' feet. The corrected altitude is one of the real challenges for the...
The battle on the "mountain" began today when the professional qualifying got under way for the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals. Bandimere Speedway has an altitude of about 5400' feet. The corrected altitude is one of the real challenges for the "factory hot rod" class to overcome when it tops 10,000-feet above sea-level. The lack of oxygen and the beautiful setting on the side of a mountain make this a favorite stop for the teams and loyal NHRA Winston Drag Racing fans.
In the first of the four scheduled qualifying sessions Troy Coughlin ran a 7.776 at 185.56 mph. The car left the line, went dead and then took off. It was not the run the team was looking for to begin their weekend. He landed in the No. 19 slot by the end of the session.
"The car left the line and just fell flat on its face, it is as simple as that. We have all of the pieces to make good runs. Everyone just needs to be going in the right direction. If just one or two people are going in a different direction you make runs like we did," commented Troy.
In the first session the run that Jeg made looked like a mirror image of what Troy's run did. The car left the line and also fell flat on its face. Jeg shut off before half-track and coasted to the shut down area. He ended up in the No. 23 spot and will have three additional sessions to improve.
"That was not the run we were looking for to start our weekend. Our program is stronger then this and our expectations are much higher," said Jeg.
As expected, the conditions improved for the second session. The increase of cloud cover helped bring the track temperature down 21 degrees and improved the overall traction for the high-horsepower vehicles. In addition, the air temperature fell 14.5 degrees and the corrected altitude slipped to 8642-feet.
Both the Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavaliers started the second session on the outside looking. Jeg started off the batting order for Team Jeg's. He was in the second pair of cars to take on the track. The efforts of the team were rewarded by a 7.320 at 188.57 mph blast. Jeg climbed up to the No. 12 spot.
"That was a much better improved run in the second session. We made a carburetor change that we felt was better suited for the conditions that we have and it was the right call. My hat goes off to the guys for pulling together and getting the job done," explained Jeg.
Troy followed his younger brother Jeg this time and was in the third pair of cars. He ran a much improved 7,318 at 188.62 mph in the opposite lane of his brother. Troy landed in the No. 11 position by the time the session was completed.
"The car responded to the changes that we made. The carburetor that we put on the engine responded much better and the time slip showed it. There was certainly a much better tone in our pit area after the second run," said Troy.